There may come a day when the traditional textbook is a thing of the past. After all, Apple announced some impressive download figures of iTunes U content just this morning. But all those teachers and students downloading materials need a way to view the content, and this afternoon Apple released some staggering numbers in regards to iOS devices in the classroom.
Having your own animation studio on an iPad is a fantastic resource, no matter your age. However, the younger ones may find it difficult to grasp the principles behind stop motion animation using apps designed for more mature users. And if you wish you had the time to teach them, but don’t, luckily Easy Studio - Animate with Shapes is a fantastic resource designed to let young children learn as they go.
As anyone who works with audio for a living can attest to, the human ear frequently plays tricks on the mind. For example, is it really possible to hide secret messages inside music recordings? If all things audible fascinate you, then you’ll love a new iPad app dedicated to demystifying this and other “auditory illusions.” The San Francisco-based Exploratorium recently followed up their debut Color Uncovered app with a new offering called Sound Uncovered. The free iPad-only app is billed as an “interactive book,” which allows the user to participate and learn from all kinds of acoustic phenomena around us that’s equal parts fun and educational.
This new digital age can put a strain on the teachers when it comes to enforcing the "no phones in class" rule, but it can also streamline the teaching process to make things more accessible and easier to understand. Here are eight apps that can help teachers better reach their students without pulling them away from their iOS devices.
When 2012 rolled around, Andrea Santilli, a teacher at Woodlawn Beach Middle School in Gulf Breeze, Florida, wanted to find a new way to challenge her 7th grade Advanced Life Science students. She wanted to help thems develop relevant lifelong skills in addition to their regular studies, so Santilli set out on a unique quest.
"I wanted to give them the opportunity to be published so they could use this as part of their academic resume and to make what they learn have real meaning," says Santilli. So she turned to Apple.
Today is the last day of our DonorsChoose Challenge! So far you've given $1,870 to projects on our Giving Page, which will affect 2,308 students across the country. That's amazing! I've got tons of prizes to give away to thank our donors for their generosity, but to be eligible, you have to act fast! Time is running out! The drawing is tomorrow, May 1! Find out more after the jump...
We are up to $1,758 donated on our Giving Page! The code MACLIFE, which you can enter at checkout to have all donations up to $100 automagically matched, expires on May 1 -- that's Tuesday! (Where is the year going, seriously?) And my desk is collapsing under the burden of all the cool stuff I have to give away to our generous donors, so be sure to find out how to win a prize after the jump!
When I last posted five days ago, we'd raised $324 for DonorsChoose from 16 awesome people. As of right now, $1,583 has been donated by 26 people, to projects that will reach 2,308 students in classrooms around the country. And since our checkout code MACLIFE will match any donation up to $100, people have been inspired to give big -- keep it up, and don't forget to enter the code!
Find out how you can make a difference -- and win prizes while you're at it! -- after the jump.